Jared Donaldson (American Young Gun)

He is from Newport Rhode Island.

He trains with Taylor and Phil Dent.

He has a big forehand.   And he spent time developing his game in Argentina!

Here you can check out some of his other matches, even one when he was a freshman:

 

Here is against Monfils:

 

Here is a young Donaldson:

 

Plenty of Jared Donaldson!    His reputation has no doubt risen up.

(DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

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The Sexiest Woman Alive (Anna)

Anna Kournikova.  The Russian beauty.   She had worldwide fame.

She debuted at the US Open at the age of 15 in 1996.  The world noticed her beauty.

Throughout her tennis career, she was OFTEN more famous for her beauty and good looks as opposed to her tennis game.

Nick Bolletieri said that Anna never developed a “killer weapon.”   Nick has expressed concerns that she turned pro too quickly without developing a firm foundation for her game.

She had a sexy campaign for shock absorber bras: “Only the Ball Should Bounce” (Anna Kournikova just wearing a sports bra.

She became a sex symbol.  The world knew she was good looking and the world also knew she was not that good at winning singles matches.   There is some lingo in poker created by Vince Van Patten for a play called the “Anna Kournikova” to which he want on to say … “Looks great but never wins.”

She DID sign a management deal at age 10 to go and train with Nick Bollettieri.  So she was good as a kid.  Of course, she was not a bad looking kid either.

She was a skilled doubles player and she played well with Martina Hingis.  They called themselves the “Spice Girls” of Tennis.

Kournikova is somewhat infamous (similar to Sharapova) for making more money from her modeling than her tennis.  But that is business.  I am sure she is laughing all the way to the bank!

Many people have said that she was good for Women’s Tennis.   When Anna was playing she definitely boosted the ratings.  Men were happy to watch her on television.

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Now Kournikova is a celebrity forever.   She has a nice thing going on with Enrique Iglesias.   She can EASILY make more money if she plays in like World Team Tennis or just agrees to do exhibitions.   She could probably make tons of money just with a “sexy” Instagram or a YouTube channel.    She did some good for Sports Illustrated as well (I think with the Calendar).

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P.S.  If you enjoy tennis stories, go on Youtube and check out David Foster Wallace with his story “How Tracy Austin Broke My Heart”       (DFW Rest In Peace)

I Battle Josh and My Own Mind (Amateur)

I was playing Josh once again.

His backhand was working well.  He had a rock solid two-handed backhand.  He would step in and rotate well.  He also disguised his shot and I did not know if he would go down the line or go crosscourt.

On the changeover he was annoying.  “Hey man you are playing well. But not well enough.”  He smirked.

I said “You are hitting your backhand nicely.”

“What do you expect?  My backhand is a beast.  And I am a beast.”  Words of wisdom from Josh.  He truly was a master of humility.

I could not let Josh defeat me as he would post the victory to his Facebook wall.  This is not acceptable to me.   The public (a.k.a Josh’s 700 Facebook friends) must not know of my defeat at the hands of Josh.

 

Many people were walking by.  I think it was almost mixed doubles time.   There was a beautiful Indian woman passing by.   She was well endowed.   My concentration was lost.  I wondered if her husband was her mixed doubles partner.  Or perhaps it was a different man who was good at tennis.  And maybe they saw each other sometimes.  Maybe there was an affair.  Maybe she was split between her tennis life and her personal life.   Josh Ace’d me.  Damn.

“Let’s Go!”  Josh yelled out.

This is slipping away from me.  I must focus.

I plant my feet and drive the ball.   I hit to his forehand which is his weaker side and I get the unforced error from him.  “VAMOS!”  I yell.    Deep in my mind I hope the lovely Indian lady hears my voice.   Perhaps I could be the third man in her life.

I gotta keep my head in the game.  I can not let Josh defeat me.

(END OF ENTRY, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

P.S. Feel free to check out the “Noodle World” series on my blog (it is a satire with religion)

Best Tennis String (Red code)

If you need a great tennis string then Technifibre Red Code is the way to go

Red Code 16 or 17 are both good.

It might be called “Code Red” right now

“Technifibre Red Code” it is a great string.   You can  get great spin with it.  It will “BITE” the ball and produce a lot of rotation.

The string also holds the tension well.   You can just keep on using it and the string is stiff.

BUT if you enjoy hitting topspin and you have a fast swing then this is a good string for you.

As somebody who plays often and likes to use heavy topspin I can see for sure that this string is VERY SOLID and will BITE the ball and just overall be a reliable string!

I’m not sure if it is better than “Big Banger” but the string is good.

Technifibre Red Code a.k.a  CODE RED is a great string!

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

On Grassroots Tennis PART 2

A coach who is willing to spread the game of tennis must also be willing to put down a little money.

BE the mobile tennis center.   Where you go, Tennis can happen!

Also, when you find a skilled player don’t let a lack of racquet stop them.   Let them use your racquet or have a couple of extra racquets (that are nice) and give them away.  That is a show of good faith (or goodwill) and that helps to build a bond.   Also, people who are not experienced, they think “a racquet is a racquet”   They are not concerned with Babolat vs Prince vs Head vs Wilson or even the concept of the “Player’s Racquet”

Allowing a player to use a nice racquet is something they will appreciate because they will be able to tell the racquet is designed for hitting balls.   Don’t let potential players wallow in the graveyard of bad equipment.

AND you must be an AMBASSADOR TO THE GAME!

Another way to help spread the game is to make sure you have some competition and play your matches on public courts.   If you have a good opponent and you will have a tough match you should play out in the open so people can watch; many people have not seen a competitive tennis match up close and in person.  If you can run and hit topspin then maybe they think you are a Professional (and you are!  A teaching Pro!   And you have the secrets to the game!   You are the one who can bring tennis into their life and into their community)


 

If you are training an apprentice and/or a Protege.  They need to have something to train for!   Give them a goal or maybe it is just to defeat you!    It will help them greatly if there are local tournaments and/or USTA junior tournaments for them to play in.   That way you can help them with forehands and backhands and serves and say something like “okay so in 3 weeks from now we are going to have you play in a tournament”  “stay focused because these kids will be able to hit balls and run and it is NOT going to be easy”

Getting your student/protege thinking about the tournament will help keep their mind “locked in” and thinking about tennis and winning matches and keeping the balls in play

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(Spread the Game of Tennis) (in the picture is Rick Macci with Venus and Serena)

On Grassroots Tennis (Experienced Opinion)

Written by DJ ROBO BISCUIT

Grassroots tennis is how you build up tennis in an area where it does not exist.  It is not needed in a community where there is a tennis club with an active populace.  It is also not necessarily needed in an affluent area with a private club.     Grassroots tennis is needed an area (or community) where the people are middle class or upper-lower class — This would imply that the parents are NOT college tennis players and there is not an ample supply of “Tennis Knowledge.”

One way to go about growing the game of tennis is for somebody who is a skilled player — let us say either a tennis coach or a 4.5 player or an ex-college player — to take up a protege or a young student.  In this community ideally the young student would be a boy or a girl of the age of 10 or 11 0r 12; this is a good age for the kid to learn the game based on their height and general coordination (and they can learn as the coach teaches).

This coach will need to have a big heart.  If tennis is entirely new to the community then one would suspect that the parents and/or adults will not see the value in the tennis because nobody is able to play and why should the parent pay a random stranger $20 or $30 or $40 per hour to show their kid how to hit some balls over a net???

The goal of the coach is to develop the young player from zero to hero.   Take the kid and teach him/her strokes and movement so that, over time,  the kid resembles the tennis players people would see on television.   As this one player develops there will be some small miracles that will occur.  1) the parents will start to see a tennis player instead of just their kid struggling to hit some balls       2)  Other people will see the player and coach while passing by; but more people will take notice of the small kid who looks like those professionals they see once or twice a year on television   3) Other children might start to take notice

A tennis coach has to do A LOT of talking in order to explain the game and “pitch” the idea of playing tennis to parents and curious people.   Nothing and i mean NOTHING works more magic than the skill of the student.   Once the young student (boy or girl) shows the ability to play tennis and run around and hit the ball and win points; YOU as the Coach has gained credibility and all of a sudden, you shall be a respected expert.  There is also a high chance that other kids (hopefully athletic) will want to learn the game.

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